What Direction is Your Life Headed?
written August 4, 2008
So many people live their life without any real direction. Each and every day, they get out of bed for the sole purpose of getting back in it later that night. There is no substance between bouts of sleep. They wake up without any interest aside from just getting by. They eat to survive, work to pay bills, and sleep to rest. If thatís going to be the story of your life, you might as well put the pen down now, because nobody in their right mind will want to read it. To avoid that insufferable rut, consider the following principles:
If you have a job you enjoy, youíll never work a day in your life.
Donít seek a job for the wrong reasons. Donít merely seek a high paying job, because youíll only work long hours and do menial work. Money is transient and has no intrinsic value. You canít take it with you to the grave, and
that guy who had a lot of money is no way to be remembered. Donít pursue a career because your parents, friends, or any other people want you to. If you do that, youíre slaving your life away at the expense of someone elseís satisfaction. Your life is exactly that: your life. It should be lived on your terms, according to your passions and nobody else's. And lastly, donít pursue a job because itís prestigious. Then youíll be working for the sole reason of impressing other people. Honestly, who cares what other people think? If you do, youíre nothing more than a dancing monkey. Youíre like the dog that rides a tricycle in a ballerina costume because he thinks heíll get a treat. Exercise your God given gift of autonomy. Do it because you enjoy it. Quality of life is defined by more than money and other peopleís validation; itís defined by enjoyment, freedom, memories, and relationships. A career is a lifelong endeavor, and life is about the journey, not the destination. So do something you enjoy.
Second, donít dwell on the past, learn from it. Donít hope to the future, prepare for it. Donít drift through the present, act on it. A fool makes the same mistake twice. A smart man learns from his mistakes. A wise man learns from the mistakes of others. Failing to prepare = preparing to fail.
Third, if you have a job you like, you'll never work a day in your life.
This article was half-assed. I'll write more about this stuff later.
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